Tevez makes peace with City -- then goes AWOL to Argentina
Published 09/11/2011 | 05:00
Carlos Tevez is facing a new row with Manchester City after going AWOL and returning to Argentina without permission -- the same day as informing the club he would accept a two-week fine for his actions at Bayern Munich in September.
Tevez, who has decided not to contest a fine of £396,000 as a result of being found guilty of five breaches of contract while a substitute during the 2-0 defeat in the Allianz Arena on Sept 27, landed in Buenos Aires at 9.40am local time yesterday, despite a request to return to Argentina being declined by manager Roberto Mancini.
With a large group of football reporters waiting at the airport for the arrival of Lionel Messi ahead of Argentina's clash against Bolivia on Friday, Tevez attempted to ignore questions about his situation before claiming that he had returned to South America to "rest a little".
But Tevez could now be hit with an automatic fine of two weeks' wages should he not attend training this morning.
A City spokesman said: "Carlos is due to resume his training (today) at Carrington following a rest day."
By drawing a line under his battle with the club over his actions in Munich, the prospect of Tevez being re-integrated into the first-team squad appeared to have improved, with senior City figures understood to be reluctant for the player to continue to train away from his team-mates.
But Tevez's latest clash with authority at City would appear to have ended all hope of the forward being brought in from the cold in the coming weeks.
Article 15 of Fifa's regulations over the status and transfer of players suggests that contracts can be cancelled on the grounds of sporting just cause if the player plays in less than 10pc of a club's game in a season.
That threat is being taken seriously by City, but Tevez's case is unlikely to be helped if he fails to return from Argentina in time for training today.
Meanwhile, City defender Kolo Toure has accepted a club fine of six weeks' wages -- totalling £720,000 -- following a disciplinary hearing relating to his failed drug test last season, which resulted in a worldwide six-month ban.
Toure tested positive for a specified substance as a result of taking his wife's diet pills, but despite his suspension, City continued to pay his wages at a cost of £3m.
With Toure being judged to have been guilty of gross misconduct by City, however, the club have now issued the punishment. (© Daily Telegraph, London)